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Motor industry welcomes biofuels

10 November 2005

  • Fuel companies have to sell more biofuels
  • Plans to reduce CO2 emissions by one million tonnes
  • Comprehensive network of refuelling sites intended

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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has welcomed the Government's announcement that fuel companies will have to sell more biofuels.

Speaking at the Environmentally Friendly Vehicles Conference in Birmingham, transport secretary Alastair Darling stated that fuel companies will have to sell at least 5% of fuel from renewable sources by 2010 – twenty times the level of biofuels sold in the UK today.

Darling said: ‘The Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation I am proposing today is predicted to save around one million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2010 – the equivalent of taking one million cars off the road. This Obligation is vital in continuing to promote a shift towards cleaner, low carbon road transport.’

SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan responded to the announcement by saying: ‘Biofuels are an important part of the drive towards sustainable motoring. However, drivers need to know that a comprehensive network of refuelling sites is available which will support the investment made in alternative-fuelled vehicles.

‘They also need to be confident in the quality of fuel supply and, crucially, these fuels need to be cheaper at the pump to drive demand.’ Biofuels currently receive a 20p per litre tax break from the Government.

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